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Watch your step! Spawning season has arrived. It is critical that we all do our best to NOT interfere. That means not pursuing fish that are exhibiting active spawning behavior. It also means not wading through redds, or light-colored scoured-out gravel where eggs have been laid. PLEASE be diligent! the long-term success of the trout population depends on it. Thank you.
Speak out! House Bill 1576 would seriously impact PA’s wild trout waters and endangered species. We all need to learn more about it here, then contact our local legislators before Nov 20 - reach them in just a few clicks by starting here
Important! - As you visit the creek this season, please make sure your vehicle is not blocking access to a farm field. It is very troubling to landowners when they can’t get their tractors and equipment into their fields. If you see anyone else’s vehicle blocking a field, you may want to (politely) suggest that they move. Our access to the stream depends on this kind of courtesy - please be mindful of where you park.
Didymo! This destructive species of algae is right on our doorstep in Maryland’s Gunpowder River and Big Hunting Creek. Unfortunately it can easily be spread by anglers! We have installed 4 wader wash stations on the Codorus for use by visitors as a last line of defense. They are located near parking areas from the Brown Road bridge up to the sawmill. Other stations will be added soon. Learn more about dymosphenia geminate (also known as ‘rock snot’) and the preventive measures you must take from this is informative fact sheet (.pdf format). You can also find lots of information by simply typing ‘didymo’ into your favorite search engine
Notice: The stream section behind the Porters Sideling Fire Hall has recently been sold to Heidelberg Township. It is our understanding that public access to this section is now permanently restored. As always, the best thing to do is read and obey the signs posted in the area. You should also stay out of farmed fields whether they’re posted or not! Update: the section upstream from the bridges is also now posted. We’re still looking into the circumstances that resulted in this latest loss of access. For now, please find another section to fish, and be sure to check back later for further details.
The Jefferson/Codorus sewage treatment plant is now in service. Now that it’s online, the plant may impact the water quality and living creatures in the creek, especially if an accident occurs. As the housing market rebounds, extensive residential development could also take place around the plant, adding the threat of adverse stormwater runoff. Click here to learn more, and see what you can do to report any problems.
We would like to hear from you! Use our handy feedback form for your questions, ideas or comments. We also hope you’ll stop by a monthly meeting sometime to see what we’re all about. Non-members are welcome as well. The meetings are casual and always generate plenty of lively discussion. Our other activities are fun, rewarding and a great way to give something back the creek and it’s trout.
A word on stream etiquette! As you enjoy the Codorus this season, please be aware of where others are fishing and which direction they’re moving in. Plan your entry accordingly and give your fellow anglers a polite distance to fish.
Please respect the rights of landowners when you visit the stream - stay out of plowed fields - remain in the stream corridor, and obey no trespassing signs. When you park, make sure you're not blocking access to fields. Most of all, just use common sense and courtesy - be a thoughtful and appreciative guest. Read more here
Special Regulations - The Codorus Creek is managed under the PF&BC's Trophy Trout Program. Please review the signs posted along the stream or the booklet that came with your license for a list of the regulations, or click here
In Memoriam: Fred J. Bridge, 1936-2013 more
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